Convict Conditioning by Paul Wade

Paul Wade spent more than 20 years in American prisons. If he trained hard in sports with body weight “Calisthenics,” it was to survive prison violence. How to train as if your life depended on your actual level of strength, power, and solidity?

When I saw this book in bookstores and read some reviews on the internet, I thought to myself, “Hold another book to practice, one more.”and I didn’t want to buy it, then I flipped through it once in another store and read reviews on the net, then I bought it.

This book of $20 is terrific, more than 300 pages, with many photos, explanations, demonstrations, links and opinions of other sportsmen, frankly a superb document.

Paul Wade spent more than 20 years in American prisons. If he trained, it was to survive prison violence, not to be raped, beaten or killed. You will tell me it is paradoxical, me (for those who know my real profession) talking about a book written by a prisoner. Yes indeed, I believe that we all have the right to redemption, and as Paul Wade says, he is not proud of all these years in prison, nor of these multiple sentences (mainly in the field of drugs), he survived thanks to his sporting courage and his will.

The table of contents is very well elaborated, and nothing is missing, let’s not forget that this book is dedicated to pure bodyweight training or calisthenics.

This book will teach you how to do six “basic” exercises to be superiorly strong and muscular, it will be hard, it will take time, but it will be worth it:

  • One arm pushup
  • Full one-leg squat
  • Full one-arm pull-up
  • Hanging straight leg raise
  • Stand-to-stand bridge
  • One-arm handstand pushup

Explanations and demonstrations accompany each movement. The many photos will allow you to succeed in all these movements.

But beware, these movements will not come overnight. It will take time, days, weeks, months or even years.

What I appreciated in this book is that the training starts from the beginning. For example, to learn the movement of the pump, we will be standing against a wall, so accessible to everyone. Besides, your program is very well defined, day after day and according to your aspirations and time of course.

When I bought this book, I didn’t expect a book of this quality on both aesthetics and content. A big thank you to the author, and I recommend it to anyone who wants to improve their body weight.